Dave Dalton is running in his twenty-second Yukon Quest, but he’ll remember this one for the struggles he’s already had to endure. Between the Two Rivers and the Mile 101 checkpoints, he hit a tree, bruising his ribs and breaking his thermometer. After that, he ended up sliding down Eagle Summit, the biggest and baddest of the four summits, on his belly, losing equipment along the way. Then, in Central, he had to absorb what was perhaps his worst blow. His beloved New England Patriots were beaten in the Super Bowl. Luckily, the dogs are all in good shape and are pulling like champions.
Two days into the race, Dave is listed in 9th place and is currently at the Circle checkpoint.